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Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics

Course Overview

Population management in a companion animal shelter is often described as having the same principles as large animal production systems. However, few shelters prioritize using metrics to proactively manage animal flow or monitor for disease. Instead, many shelters only use data in a reactive manner or in the form of an annual report. This course will teach students to (a) retrieve, (b) assess, and (c) interpret population-level metrics on a regular basis. Students will learn about data collection and retrieval, review basic epidemiological and statistical principles, and develop a critical eye for data quality which will allow students to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner.

Course Objectives

Teaches the fundamentals of using shelter data to make data-driven decisions to enhance animal health and improve operational efficiency.

Enrollment Information

  • Course Lead Instructor: Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki, BVSc
  • Course Number: VME 6815
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Term: Spring/Fall
  • SyllabusSyllabus

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